Yelm Farmers Market Set to Open for Season on May 27 in New Location


The Yelm Farmers Market is set to return on Saturday, May 27, at a new location in front of the Yelm Police Station on McKenzie Street.

The market, which was previously held at the Yelm Community Center, allows local vendors the opportunity to sell their handcrafted items or homegrown food.

“We’re just hoping for a great year. It’s different for us because we’ve been in the same location for five years,” market organizer Jon Jamieson said. “It’ll be a new change being down the street, but we’re hoping for a good turnout and hoping to be in tune with some of the events we’ll coincide with at the community center, such as the Nisqually Valley Barbecue Rally and Prairie Days. We’re hoping this new location works out.”

Jamieson said the city decided to rent out the Yelm Community Center to other events like weddings or gatherings. Since the Yelm Farmers Market is a nonprofit organization, Jamieson said they couldn’t afford the rent there.

Jamieson said there’s currently 24 vendors signed up to participate in the farmers market this season, but noted there’s room for others to sign up.

Several vendors will return this year. Jamieson said that includes Sundial Gardens, Reed’s Sweet Wine and Bee Forever Apiary.

“We should be about the same in size. We lost some vendors because of not having an indoor option, but we’re still looking pretty strong,” Jamieson said. “We cut the market down five weeks early this year because you can’t depend on Washington weather, so we got rid of the market in October.”

The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on each Saturday through Sept. 30.

Vendors interested in selling their goods at the farmers market can send a message to the group’s Facebook page or can go online to